Barker welcomes adoption applications from couples and individuals of all ages, all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations and gender expressions.
Families should be aware that each state has specific adoption legislation and each country has its own legal restrictions on adoption. Barker and our clients must abide by the adoption laws in the state where the family resides or the country from which they are adopting. We welcome you to explore Barker’s adoption programs below and to learn about what is involved.
Non-Discrimination Statement: The Barker Adoption Foundation, a nonprofit adoption agency, welcomes adoption applications from couples and individuals of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations and gender expressions. We support birth parents experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and their families, as well as adoptive parents and adoptees with lifelong adoption-related services. Barker’s offices are located in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Adoptive Parent Info Pack
For your convenience, here are a number of documents related both to adoption in general and to the specific adoption programs offered by Barker.
If you have questions, please contact info [at] barkerfoundation.org or 301-664-9664. If you have not yet attended a general adoption information session in our Bethesda, Maryland headquarters, please check the events calendar and register for an upcoming meeting. Prospective applicants who are seeking a more in-depth one-on-one meeting are welcome to sign up and pay for an adoption consultation session with our Domestic and/or International Program.
*Due to the current public health emergency involving the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and guidance from the CDC and local health departments on social distancing, our Pre-Adoption Consultations will be conducted on a digital platform. All registrants will receive the video conferencing information in the email used for registration. Please contact us no later than 24 hours before the consultation if you do not receive your login information.
Online Adoption Application
OUR ONLINE APPLICATION IS ON MY ADOPTION PORTAL (MAP).
TO ACCESS THE ONLINE APPLICATION, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
STEP 1: Create a MyAdoptionPortal.com account
If you are ready to proceed, please CLICK HERE to fill out and submit the form to create your account. NOTE: The form on this page is not an application for adoption. It simply enables us to send you a username and password so that you can begin the application process.
STEP 2: Receive a username and password for MyAdoptionPortal account
A username and password will be emailed to you. If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.
STEP 3: Review Barker's policies prior to submitting an application to ensure eligibility, CLICK HERE to view.
If after review you have further questions about your eligibility for a program, please call us at 301-664-9664 and we will be happy to answer your questions.
STEP 4: Log in to your MyAdoptionPortal.com account to fill out an online application
A non-refundable fee of $550 will be charged at the time of application. If you are not ready to submit a formal application, please call us for more information or consider attending one of our upcoming general information meetings.
Federal Adoption Tax Credit
The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is offered to adoptive parents to help offset the expenses incurred when building a family through adoption. Many families qualify for the tax credit, which can be used for up to $13,190 in adoption expenses per child, including agency fees, court costs, medical care, and other international and domestic adoption expenses.
Learn more about the Adoption Tax Credit, including recent tax year changes, through Adoption Learning Partners’ online e-learning course Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit, or go to the instructions for using the Adoption Tax Credit on the IRS website. We also encourage you to contact your tax specialist to determine whether you qualify.
Your Home Study
The home study is an evaluative and preparatory process required by state regulation and must be completed before an individual or couple can adopt a child. The end result is a document written by a Barker social worker that includes information drawn from a series of interviews with the prospective parent or parents and supporting information provided by third parties. Generally a home study includes information on the following:
- Family background and references
- Education and employment
- Relationships and social life, including strength of marriage, if applicable
- Finances, including net worth and discretionary income
- Results of criminal and child-protection clearances
- Assessment of physical and mental health, as determined by your physician
- Interviews with your adult children, if applicable
- Interviews with any household member
- Parenting experiences
- Details about your home and neighborhood
- Readiness for adopting and your reasons for wanting to adopt
- Approval and recommendation of children whom your family can best parent
The home study process typically takes a few months to complete and is designed to get to know the prospective parent or parents and assist them in preparing to become parents through adoption. Depending on the specifics of the situation and the family’s directive, the home study results are provided to public child welfare departments, courts, attorneys, licensed partnering adoption agencies, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and/or an overseas social welfare agency.